Family rallies to supportmum with melanoma
The family of a mum battling melanoma are helping raise vital funds for a potentially life-saving medication.
Kate Moetaua, nee Glover, originally from Blenheim, is undergoing treatment for advanced skin cancer, melanoma.
But the unfunded medication comes at a crippling financial cost to the young family.
Her Marlborough-based family and friends have organised a special family day out at Dog Point Vineyard in a bid to help raise money.
Organisers say the Walk for Kate event is being organised in the hope the community can rally together to help Kate, her husband and three girls with costs while she is unable to work as a teacher.
Parents Wendy and Owen Glover from Marlborough say they have been ‘‘humbled by the love and support’’ shown to the family.
‘‘Owen and I are very humbled by the love and support we have been given by our family, friends and the wider community since our daughter Kate’s illness.
‘‘It is such a worrying time and we remember also the other families who have or are going through a similar experience with their loved ones.
‘‘She really is a most positive, marvellous person, and the caring messages received re-iterate how much she is loved by her family, friends and students,’’ says Wendy.
The former Marlborough Girls’ College student grew up in Marlborough attending Grovetown, Rapaura and Bohally Intermediate Schools.
She is Head of Drama at Wakatipu High in Queenstown but is off work while undergoing treatment.
Dog Point Vineyard won the Supreme Award and the landscape and habitat enhancement category at the 2017 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards.
Vineyard owners have opened up the walking tracks and a picnic area for the fundraising bid.
Participants can bring along a picnic or support the sausage sizzle, coffee cart or Mr Whippy while listening to live music. All proceeds will go towards Kate’s treatment costs.
‘‘We are very grateful to our good friends at Dog Point Vineyard for organising the Walk for Kate.
‘‘It is an opportunity to enjoy a walk through their substantial native plantings which enhance the Mill Stream area on their property.
‘‘The walk is going ahead rain or shine, unless conditions are impossible, so hopefully they get a beautiful Marlborough day,’’ says Wendy.
Walk for Kate takes place on Sunday between 11am and 3pm at the Dog Point Vineyard main gate at 797 New Renwick Road.
There will be a large sign at the gate to mark the entrance. The carpark is a 2km walk from the picnic site and organisers ask people to bring comfortable walking shoes.
The cost is $20 per person and children are free. Entry by cash only.
For further event information contact Margaret Sutherland by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 731 723.
The Walk for Kate will take place in the picturesque surroundings of Dog Point Vineyard.